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10.28.2013

Movie Jail

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

The Case

The Prosecution: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you'll see Freddy Krueger appear on many "Best Horror Movie Villains" lists around Halloween, but the prosecution firmly believes it is time we sent the sweater wearing bastard to Movie Jail. There have been nine movies and a television series featuring Freddy, and although the character himself may be loved, most of his films are not, except by the most hardcore of fans. Freddy's first movie (and arguably his best) was A Nightmare on Elm Street, and horror fans instantly fell in love with the villainous character who wasn't a silent serial killer with a sharp blade like Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. But after his 1984 debut, things get very, very mixed for Mr. Krueger.

The second film deviated from the storyline of the original, which probably wouldn't have annoyed some fans so much if it was a good movie, but instead it's just a poor retread of the original. However, the third and fourth films were solid sequels, and more humor was introduced to the franchise. Those films had a decent mix of laughs and horror, but it still was frights first, Freddy funny moments second. Then came A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, which would be the worst film in the series if it wasn't for the pathetic sixth entry, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Both films are uninspired and lazy, and reduced the character to a wisecracking boogeyman almost on par with Warwick Davis' Leprechaun.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare may have been a great return for the character, but the prosecution feels the film was the last one that truly give us a scary Freddy. He has only appeared in two films since: Jason vs. Freddy and the 2010 remake starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy. Freddy vs. Jason should have been a great battle between two classic horror villains, but instead the film is just more teens we don't care about being sliced up and Freddy using kung-fu against Jason.

The remake tried to go darker and had less humor, but in the end it just felt like another generic horror movie instead of one featuring an iconic horror villain. And was the prosecution the only one that was slightly creeped out (and not in a good way) with idea of the character being a child molester in the remake? Freddy has always been a villain that you kind of root for, but it's a little harder once child touching is introduced. It's sort of like supporting Kevin Bacon in Sleepers, or Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman or...well, you get the point.

The prosecution feels there isn't anywhere else to go with the character (except maybe to space like Jason and Leprechaun), and he should be put to rest. Freddy has given movie goers many restless nights, and it'd be one thing if at least half his films were good, but they aren't by a long shot and Freddy Krueger definitely needs to go to Movie Jail.

The Defense: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Freddy's Nightmares (television)

Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution better be ready for some angry e-mails because there is no way in hell Freddy Krueger deserves to go to Movie Jail. Every horror movie franchise has some bad films, but the defense feels Freddy's offerings have been better than Vorhees' or Mike Myers'. The original film is obviously a classic, but the first sequel isn't nearly as bad as the prosecution makes it out to be. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master are both fantastic horror movies with twisted visuals, and are possibly the two best films in the series besides the first.

Yes, the fifth and sixth films aren't masterpieces, but we are talking about horror movies here. The defense isn't saying we should ignore flaws in films, but horror movies are judged differently, especially by critics. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child might only be at 31% at Rottentomatoes.com, but fans still really dig the film.

Should we really put an end to such a creative and fun character? Even though the remake isn't a great movie, the defense could see another film featuring Freddy that could be awesome, if done right. Robert Englund owns as the character, but the defense thinks a different actor could do a great job in the role as well. The issue with the films though, has been balance: Freddy needs be terrifying, but he should also have his one-liners. Odd comparison maybe, but he's a little like the Joker: a disturbed person who finds humor in the violence he commits. When done right, there are few villains as memorable and scary as Freddy Krueger.

But another film isn't completely necessary, and the prosecution is right in saying there isn't that many places left to go with the character. I mean, there has been five sequels, a remake, a "real" version (Wes Craven's New Nightmare) and a versus movie featuring the character, so it's not like other options haven't already been explored for Freddy. However, the television series Freddy's Nightmares was actually pretty good, and with how well some recent horror dramas on television have been received, the defense thinks another series with Freddy could be a great idea, especially if it was done as an anthology like the first one or Tales from the Crypt.

There's a reason why every year you'll see Freddy Krueger on "Best Villain" lists and countless fans dress up as him for Halloween: it's because he's a fantastic character. Some of his films may not be as good as others in the franchise, but Freddy is and will forever be awesome, and should not be sent to Movie Jail.

IN CLOSING...

Should we put the least fashionable horror villain of all time in Movie Jail? Have some of his films been so bad that he deserves to go to prison, or is it just natural for shitty sequels to follow excellent original horror movies? Is there anything new that can be done with the character that won't upset hardcore fans, or is the idea tank empty for Freddy? What's it going to be, ghosts and goblins of the jury, GUILTY or NOT GUILTY for Freddy Krueger?

COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR VERDICT!

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Opinions were very mixed for last week's trial of Justin Timberlake, but in the end the jury decided the actor/performer does not deserve to go to prison, and has declared him NOT GUILTY of all charges. His SNL appearances certainly helped, but most of the jury also thought he did an excellent job in The Social Network, In Time and Black Snake Moan, and are excited to see him in the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. Keep your nose clean Timberlake, because we're still going to keep an eye on you, just in case you decide to do The Love Guru 2.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Happy Madison Productions, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Paul W.S. Anderson, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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11:23AM on 10/29/2013
I loved Freddy vs Jason! Not guilty!


I loved Freddy vs Jason! Not guilty!


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10:41PM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

There's no way this horror icon deserves jail time. He's one of the most original and most memorable horror villains to grace the silver screen. I will agree that Dream Child and Freddy's Dead are both pieces of crap. Aside from that, I have no problem with the other sequels. Dream Warriors and Dream Master are both awesome, Dream Warriors being one of the best horror sequels ever made. Freddy's Revenge seems to be hated by most, but once you realize that there's a ton of unintentional
There's no way this horror icon deserves jail time. He's one of the most original and most memorable horror villains to grace the silver screen. I will agree that Dream Child and Freddy's Dead are both pieces of crap. Aside from that, I have no problem with the other sequels. Dream Warriors and Dream Master are both awesome, Dream Warriors being one of the best horror sequels ever made. Freddy's Revenge seems to be hated by most, but once you realize that there's a ton of unintentional homo-eroticism (as pointed out in the documentary Never Sleep Again), it's actually quite comical and entertaining. Freddy Vs. Jason could have been better, but it's decent enough in the last 30 minutes or so to get a pass from me. I've also come to terms with the NOES remake. I hated it originally, but after letting the disappointment settle and giving it a few years, I find it entertaining enough and have accepted it. With all that being said, my feelings about Freddy Krueger movies greatly favor a "not guilty" vote.
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8:34PM on 10/28/2013
The 1st 3rd and last ( New Nightmare) were awesome. Classics in their own rights. But the fact that even England himself said that Mr. Krueger eventually became a parody of himself does call for some jail time. Regrettably, GUILTY( but requesting leniency for the defendant because despite many of his movies being horrid, he's stiil one of horror's greatest Icons.)
The 1st 3rd and last ( New Nightmare) were awesome. Classics in their own rights. But the fact that even England himself said that Mr. Krueger eventually became a parody of himself does call for some jail time. Regrettably, GUILTY( but requesting leniency for the defendant because despite many of his movies being horrid, he's stiil one of horror's greatest Icons.)
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7:55PM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

No question about it. In my opinion, the series had only one truly bad movie - Freddy's Dead. The rest are either fantastic - the original, Dream Warriors and New Nightmare or half a couple of redeeming qualities. Yes, even the remake. Even I think it was a failure but not because it was truly awful and not scary but rather it didn't measure up to what was before it and it made some crucial filmmaking mistakes. On it's own it was a pretty decent and scary flick.
No question about it. In my opinion, the series had only one truly bad movie - Freddy's Dead. The rest are either fantastic - the original, Dream Warriors and New Nightmare or half a couple of redeeming qualities. Yes, even the remake. Even I think it was a failure but not because it was truly awful and not scary but rather it didn't measure up to what was before it and it made some crucial filmmaking mistakes. On it's own it was a pretty decent and scary flick.
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6:47PM on 10/28/2013
I'm really hoping that choosing a character instead of an actor/director is just a one-time thing, otherwise this article is going to be WAY less interesting.
I'm really hoping that choosing a character instead of an actor/director is just a one-time thing, otherwise this article is going to be WAY less interesting.
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11:01PM on 10/28/2013
I found it refreshing that they decided to do a character this time. In fact, I found it more interesting simply because it was a departure from the norm. It's not something they should do every week, but I'm okay with it every now and again.
I found it refreshing that they decided to do a character this time. In fact, I found it more interesting simply because it was a departure from the norm. It's not something they should do every week, but I'm okay with it every now and again.
11:27AM on 10/29/2013
It makes perfect sense for Halloween week.
It makes perfect sense for Halloween week.
5:09PM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

While some have of his films have left something to be desired for the most part he has delivered the scares. As far as the 2010 Remake I agree it makes it hard to root for him but it was an idea that was teased in the originals and actually was supposed to be part of the story but was dropped just before production. Also there are newspaper articles that refer to Krueger as a Child Molester in part 5. I thought Haley did an awesome job and brought a real sense of danger and malevolence back to
While some have of his films have left something to be desired for the most part he has delivered the scares. As far as the 2010 Remake I agree it makes it hard to root for him but it was an idea that was teased in the originals and actually was supposed to be part of the story but was dropped just before production. Also there are newspaper articles that refer to Krueger as a Child Molester in part 5. I thought Haley did an awesome job and brought a real sense of danger and malevolence back to the character that had been missing for a while.
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4:32PM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

Freddy's definitely had his run and it's time to move on, but he deserves to be in the Smithsonian, not a prison.
However, I do like the idea of Freddy having an anthology formatted show. Unless the show was terrible, it would help fill the void of horror variety (who doesn't miss Tales?) and will ensure the character can remain active without damaging his legacy.
Freddy's definitely had his run and it's time to move on, but he deserves to be in the Smithsonian, not a prison.
However, I do like the idea of Freddy having an anthology formatted show. Unless the show was terrible, it would help fill the void of horror variety (who doesn't miss Tales?) and will ensure the character can remain active without damaging his legacy.
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3:10PM on 10/28/2013
Not guilty

I totally do not agree with the case. ANOES 2 is probably my least favorite horror sequel and Freddy's Dead is not much better. However, the rest of the sequels are damn fun horror flicks. I actually enjoyed Freddy vs. Jason, I really wish we could have gotten another one of those movies. I cannot comment on the remake because I never saw it, I love Jackie Earle Haley but he just is not Freddie to me. Robert Englund will always be my favorite sweater-clad, knife-fingered, dream
Not guilty

I totally do not agree with the case. ANOES 2 is probably my least favorite horror sequel and Freddy's Dead is not much better. However, the rest of the sequels are damn fun horror flicks. I actually enjoyed Freddy vs. Jason, I really wish we could have gotten another one of those movies. I cannot comment on the remake because I never saw it, I love Jackie Earle Haley but he just is not Freddie to me. Robert Englund will always be my favorite sweater-clad, knife-fingered, dream invading child-murderer!
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2:48PM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

And A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Freddy vs. Jason and even A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child were pretty good in my book.
And A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Freddy vs. Jason and even A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child were pretty good in my book.
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2:07PM on 10/28/2013

Does this mean...

We've run out of actors, writers, producers and directors?
He is in the wheelhouse of a very fixed genre - slasher horror. I personally don't like slasher horror; bear with me. I don't find it scary, or interesting. It's pretty much enjoying attractive people being scared, tortured and murdered by supernatural outcasts - nerd revenge fantasy. I'm not saying that to put anybody down, it just doesn't appeal to me.
That said, Freddy Kruger is a franchise character, and he serves a purpose within
We've run out of actors, writers, producers and directors?
He is in the wheelhouse of a very fixed genre - slasher horror. I personally don't like slasher horror; bear with me. I don't find it scary, or interesting. It's pretty much enjoying attractive people being scared, tortured and murdered by supernatural outcasts - nerd revenge fantasy. I'm not saying that to put anybody down, it just doesn't appeal to me.
That said, Freddy Kruger is a franchise character, and he serves a purpose within this genre pantheon. He wears a glove with retractable knife blades and kills kids in their sleep. It's not like we can get some gritty reboot with a smart script. He is what he is, and the genre is what it is. If you're going to try Freddy, you have to try Jason, Michael Myers, and Chucky. And all of the other low budget franchise slasher bad guys that fly below my radar.

If Freddy doesn't appeal to you, it may be because you are finding slasher movies have diminishing returns. I also agree with previous posters that your kind of "breaking the laws" of this column by going after Freddy. He's not real, and isn't picking these projects.
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1:14PM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

If Chucky can fully recover and reintegrate into movie society, so can Freddy!
If Chucky can fully recover and reintegrate into movie society, so can Freddy!
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12:21PM on 10/28/2013

NOT GUILTY

I say NOT GUILTY, because you can't hold the remake against Freddy... as the real, true Freddy Krueger did not appear in that film. The last time the actual Freddy Krueger appeared in a film, Freddy vs. Jason, it was a pretty big hit!
I say NOT GUILTY, because you can't hold the remake against Freddy... as the real, true Freddy Krueger did not appear in that film. The last time the actual Freddy Krueger appeared in a film, Freddy vs. Jason, it was a pretty big hit!
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12:07PM on 10/28/2013

NOT GUILTY

By no means is this character guilty. If anything, he's a victim of the writers/directors that have put him in some of the lesser-appreciated movies. (And I say this as a lover of all of them except the remake.) Everybody wants more Freddy.
By no means is this character guilty. If anything, he's a victim of the writers/directors that have put him in some of the lesser-appreciated movies. (And I say this as a lover of all of them except the remake.) Everybody wants more Freddy.
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11:30AM on 10/28/2013

NOT guilty

Dude, it's Freddy Krueger. I also enjoyed Nightmare 2 and Freddy vs. Jason so for me your argument is invalid. I only want to see the character come back if Englund reprises the role. The remake is a perfect example of why we don't want remakes.
Dude, it's Freddy Krueger. I also enjoyed Nightmare 2 and Freddy vs. Jason so for me your argument is invalid. I only want to see the character come back if Englund reprises the role. The remake is a perfect example of why we don't want remakes.
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11:07AM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

While the second, fifth, & sixth films aren't that good, it's never been the character to let us down. He's always been funny and creepy, even when things around him got too ridiculous/ out of hand, there's still some fun to be had with the character.

Plus, excluding the remake (always exclude the remake), this franchise has been far better overall, and innovative than lots of other horror franchises; even when those innovations didn't work (all of the second film) I still can appreciate the
While the second, fifth, & sixth films aren't that good, it's never been the character to let us down. He's always been funny and creepy, even when things around him got too ridiculous/ out of hand, there's still some fun to be had with the character.

Plus, excluding the remake (always exclude the remake), this franchise has been far better overall, and innovative than lots of other horror franchises; even when those innovations didn't work (all of the second film) I still can appreciate the attempt to do something different.

Kruger is a far more engaging character than all of his counterpoints, bar none, and should be free to continue killing kids in their dreams.
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10:51AM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

King of the slasher movies, he doesn't deserve movie jail for the crappy writing on some of those movies.
King of the slasher movies, he doesn't deserve movie jail for the crappy writing on some of those movies.
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10:31AM on 10/28/2013
Guilty, mostly for his shitty one-liners.
Guilty, mostly for his shitty one-liners.
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10:22AM on 10/28/2013
If they put him in jail for the child killing/touching instead of burning him, he never would have come back as a dream killer.
If they put him in jail for the child killing/touching instead of burning him, he never would have come back as a dream killer.
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10:20AM on 10/28/2013

Guilty

I think Freddy has kinda run his course. But even if you put him in movie jail, he will still be able to get you in your dreams.
The re-boot should have given us new reason to be terrified of Freddy. But it is formulaic now.
I think Freddy has kinda run his course. But even if you put him in movie jail, he will still be able to get you in your dreams.
The re-boot should have given us new reason to be terrified of Freddy. But it is formulaic now.
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10:14AM on 10/28/2013

WHAT'S THIS TRIAL FOR?

If this is about him as a character, then he's Not Guilty. Thanks to the combination of acting and writing, he's what makes even the bad installments watchable (I haven't seen the remake yet).

If this is about not wanting any more installments (with or without Robert Englund), then he's Guilty. Back then it may have seemed like the character could be revisited several times, but they and us were proven wrong. There's just not that much to do with the character without feeling like recyling.
If this is about him as a character, then he's Not Guilty. Thanks to the combination of acting and writing, he's what makes even the bad installments watchable (I haven't seen the remake yet).

If this is about not wanting any more installments (with or without Robert Englund), then he's Guilty. Back then it may have seemed like the character could be revisited several times, but they and us were proven wrong. There's just not that much to do with the character without feeling like recyling. 2 movies were already enough; 9 was overkill.

By the way, him being a rapist doesn't change things. He doesn't just murder; he comes up with really twisted ways of killing that only a sick mind could imagine.

Next week: Ridley Scott (because of the bad reviews of THE COUNSELOR).
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9:59AM on 10/28/2013

Touchy

I believe that in the original Wes Craven Pic he was not only a child murderer but also "touchy" as well. This was something that was slowly backed away from in the series and then "touched" on again ( sorry, couldn't help it) in one of the later pictures...maybe Freddy's Dead...anyways. I have to say not guilty here. Also, check out the Documentary, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. Four hours of Elm Street Glory.
I believe that in the original Wes Craven Pic he was not only a child murderer but also "touchy" as well. This was something that was slowly backed away from in the series and then "touched" on again ( sorry, couldn't help it) in one of the later pictures...maybe Freddy's Dead...anyways. I have to say not guilty here. Also, check out the Documentary, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. Four hours of Elm Street Glory.
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9:59AM on 10/28/2013

not guilty, duh

Just watched NOES2 again the other night. that movie is hilarious. Jessie's screams throughout are really funny. Even though there are some weak sequels, i always admired the progression of Krueger throughout the franchise. they never really accepted the broken record approach like the F13 franchise.
Just watched NOES2 again the other night. that movie is hilarious. Jessie's screams throughout are really funny. Even though there are some weak sequels, i always admired the progression of Krueger throughout the franchise. they never really accepted the broken record approach like the F13 franchise.
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9:49AM on 10/28/2013

I'll go easy on him.

While the man is a mass child-murderer, I vote to put him on probation. Relinquish him to his next-of-kin, Mr. Robert Englund. I think we can all agree this would be the best possible option, as regardless of movie quality (if he even wanted to make any more movies) he would still feel recognizable to audiences in a way Michael Myers, Leatherface, and Jason Voorhees never had to.
While the man is a mass child-murderer, I vote to put him on probation. Relinquish him to his next-of-kin, Mr. Robert Englund. I think we can all agree this would be the best possible option, as regardless of movie quality (if he even wanted to make any more movies) he would still feel recognizable to audiences in a way Michael Myers, Leatherface, and Jason Voorhees never had to.
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9:43AM on 10/28/2013
Not Guilty! Well as child murdered he is definitely guilty but not for movie jail!
Not Guilty! Well as child murdered he is definitely guilty but not for movie jail!
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9:07AM on 10/28/2013
Not guilty. I don't blame the character but I blame the script. However, I'm surprised to see a movie Character as the defendant. It's good really because it opens a lot of opportunity here. I'd suggest John MacLane as the next defendant (I'm looking at you, A Good Day To Die Hard).
Not guilty. I don't blame the character but I blame the script. However, I'm surprised to see a movie Character as the defendant. It's good really because it opens a lot of opportunity here. I'd suggest John MacLane as the next defendant (I'm looking at you, A Good Day To Die Hard).
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8:55AM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

He's an icon and even the bad ones are better than some of the horror movies out there
He's an icon and even the bad ones are better than some of the horror movies out there
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8:50AM on 10/28/2013
Not fair. He has no control. It's not Bruce Willis picking parts. I think they should let him go, but it's not his fault. It's the writers producers
Not fair. He has no control. It's not Bruce Willis picking parts. I think they should let him go, but it's not his fault. It's the writers producers
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8:46AM on 10/28/2013

Guilty

Each Freddy movie until New Nightmare is decent in its own right (though none are better than any Friday the 13th or most of the Halloween films... or a lot of other respected slashers, for that matter), but the creators reinvent what makes Freddy tick in each one, rendering the character something of a mess if the full canon is considered. New Nightmare, despite its cult following, is garbage, and of course the recent remake is even worse. In my opinion, Englund IS Freddy, thereby if he is not
Each Freddy movie until New Nightmare is decent in its own right (though none are better than any Friday the 13th or most of the Halloween films... or a lot of other respected slashers, for that matter), but the creators reinvent what makes Freddy tick in each one, rendering the character something of a mess if the full canon is considered. New Nightmare, despite its cult following, is garbage, and of course the recent remake is even worse. In my opinion, Englund IS Freddy, thereby if he is not reprising the role (Freddy vs. Jason 2?) the character should remain off the big screen.
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8:42AM on 10/28/2013
1 - Excellent, 2 - hilariously misguided, 3 - strong entry, 4 - bad, 5 - really bad, 6 - Batman and Robin-esque in its awfulness, 7 - great entry and a fantastic pre-cursor to "Scream", 8 (vs Jason) an awful lot of fun, Re-make - dull and needless.

So there we are. Across the board however Freddy is an entertaining character portrayed amazingly by Englund. Regardless of the quality of the movie Englund managed to turn Freddy into whatever that entry needed him to be. Jackie Earle Haley
1 - Excellent, 2 - hilariously misguided, 3 - strong entry, 4 - bad, 5 - really bad, 6 - Batman and Robin-esque in its awfulness, 7 - great entry and a fantastic pre-cursor to "Scream", 8 (vs Jason) an awful lot of fun, Re-make - dull and needless.

So there we are. Across the board however Freddy is an entertaining character portrayed amazingly by Englund. Regardless of the quality of the movie Englund managed to turn Freddy into whatever that entry needed him to be. Jackie Earle Haley could've been strong had he not been over-dubbed and CGI'd into an awful re-tread of an already incredibly good film.

Without Englund however, I feel that character needs to be retired.
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8:40AM on 10/28/2013

Not guilty...

"Welcome to prime time bitch!" Even if the movie was terrible, Freddy always brings the goods.
"Welcome to prime time bitch!" Even if the movie was terrible, Freddy always brings the goods.
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8:34AM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty.
Not Guilty.
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8:25AM on 10/28/2013

Not Guilty

JT not guilty? I've lost all faith in my fellow Schmoes.
JT not guilty? I've lost all faith in my fellow Schmoes.
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8:22AM on 10/28/2013
Not guilty. Mostly because I don't want anything to happen to me while I'm in somnia.
Not guilty. Mostly because I don't want anything to happen to me while I'm in somnia.
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8:22AM on 10/28/2013

Not guilty

No jail could hold him anyway.
No jail could hold him anyway.
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